Viet­nam: Border pa­trols en­hance friend­ship


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help to avoid mis­un­der­stand­ings and con­flict be­tween the two armies in han­dling prob­lems such as “in­cur­sions” by peo­ple liv­ing near the bor­der to plant crops, or other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.

By con­duct­ing the pa­trols, com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Viet­namese can be es­tab­lished to unify their coun­ter­mea­sures when deal­ing with sim­i­lar prob­lems, Wang said.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Nguyen Xuan Thang, head of the Viet­namese squad, said the joint pa­trols also help to strengthen friend­ship and trust be­tween sol­diers.

Jia Duqiang, a re­searcher of South­east Asia stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences’ Na­tional In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Strat­egy, said the min­is­ters’ re­marks show that the two coun­tries will not let the South China Sea dis­pute af­fect over­all re­la­tions.

Jia said the ex­pe­ri­ence and trust ac­cu­mu­lated in pre­vi­ous bor­der ne­go­ti­a­tions will be con­ducive to the even­tual so­lu­tion to the South China Sea dis­pute, which is the only re­main­ing bor­der dis­pute be­tween the two coun­tries.

CANADA Wang Qingyun in Bei­jing con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writ­ers at wangxu@ chi­

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